Wednesday, May 25, 2016

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Stefon Diggs is everything the Minnesota Vikings had hoped Cordarrelle Patterson would become, and that’s through just two NFL starts for the rookie wide receiver. The film doesn’t lie, and neither do Diggs’s teammates, who’ve been singing his praises since he joined the team as a fifth-round selection in this year’s NFL Draft:

“He’s one of the [most] polished receivers I ever seen come, you know, as a rookie,” Captain Munnerlyn said. “He runs great routes, great route runner. Some guys it takes time to learn how to run route in the NFL. He already got that. He’s a great receiver, he’s got great speed, great hands, and he goes [to] get the ball.”

“When you look at a guy, you can tell from day one who can play football. I always felt like he could,” Mike Wallace said. “Just the skill set, the way he runs his routes, the energy that he has. It reminds me of him [Antonio Brown].”

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Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs and linebacker Eric Kendricks are in the running for NFL Rookie of the Week. Other nominations include LB Hau’oli Kikaha (Saints), CB Marcus Peters (Chiefs) and CB Damarious Randall (Packers).

After being inactive the first three games of the 2015 season, Diggs impressed against Denver in Week 4. Following the bye week, he continued to make an impact against Kansas City; Diggs finished with seven catches and 129 yards Sunday.

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On a day where Adrian Peterson rushed for just 60 yards, the Minnesota Vikings relied on their passing attack for a victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. Although they hit a few speed bumps in the second half, Teddy Bridgewater and his wide receivers — especially Stefon Diggs — did just enough to hang on for an ugly win at TCF Bank Stadium on Sunday.

Early on, it was clear the Chiefs committed to stopping the run, holding Peterson to -1 yards rushing through the first quarter of play. The Vikings’ inability to move the ball on the ground forced Norv Turner to open the playbook and attack the Chiefs through the air. On Minnesota’s first drive, Bridgewater completed passes of 16 and 52 yards before tossing an interception in the red zone. It was an up-and-down day for Bridgewater, but when called upon, the second-year quarterback delivered to keep the Vikings ahead.

After the game, Adrian Peterson addressed the media and spoke to the versatility of the offense, which helped the Vikings move to 3-2 and gave the team sole possession of second place in the NFC North:

Yes, and that’s what it’s all about, forcing the team to pick their poison. You’re either going to stop the run or the pass, and they chose the run today. It opened it up for us in the passing game, and we were able to be productive and get some points on the board. You know, there’s a lot of things we didn’t do well that we wish we could have back, but it’s better to talk about those things with a W. We’ll clean things up and get ready for Detroit.

The Vikings didn’t necessarily dish out lethal poison against the Chiefs, but the emergence of Stefon Diggs and surprisingly stout pass protection staved off a furious Chiefs comeback in the fourth quarter. Their performance as a whole will need to improve during a tough, two-game road stretch against the Lions and Bears, but for now, their ability to win matchups in the passing game has to be encouraging.

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The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings held off the Kansas City Chiefs 16-10 Sunday afternoon at The Bank in a game that more resembled a rugby match if said match had bad officiating, sloppy play, and was nearly unwatchable. But other than that, the game was great! A win is a win in the NFL and we dive into the reasons for the elevation to 3-2 and why we damn near lost it all.

Other “Bye, Charles Johnson” Talkers Include
• We Tried to Lose. The Chiefs Wouldn’t Let Us.
• Teddy Bridgewater Was Uneven
• Oh Hai, Stefon Diggs
• Adrian. Yuck.
• The Zimmer Hellfire Defense Will Be the Best in the NFL
• Sharrif Floyd is Elite & Under-Appreciated
• Eric Kendricks First Start
• #FreePruitt
• Blair Walsh Didn’t Mess Up. Cool. Way to do your job.
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All that and other “A Win is a Win is a Win” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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Prior to having Week Five off, the Vikings Territory readers voted in four different “Player of the Week” award winners. They are Anthony Barr, Adrian Peterson, Harrison Smith and then Linval Joseph with the most recent win.

This week, it seems somewhat probable that a fifth individual receives this heralded (by me) award, and the previous winners all seem to have been out-shined by other on-field performances against the Chiefs this Sunday.

The 16-10 victory at home left very little to get excited about on offense (with one very big exception), but almost every player on defense could potentially be nominated this week following their stellar overall performance.

And this week’s nominees are…

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